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What are the important events that happened on August 30? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 30: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 30 is the 243rd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 123 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 17, 2016 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,541,920 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectatetracontatrigon’ day.

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Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 151 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,348 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 30 Historical Events

  • 1862
    American Civil War – Battle of Richmond: Confederates under Edmund Kirby Smith rout Union forces under General Horatio Wright.
  • 1873
    Austrian explorers Julius von Payer and Karl Weyprecht discover the archipelago of Franz Joseph Land in the Arctic Sea.
  • 1918
    Fanny Kaplan shoots and seriously injures Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin. This, along with the assassination of Bolshevik senior official Moisei Uritsky days earlier, prompts the decree for Red Terror.
  • 1967
    Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first African American Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 1984
    STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage.

Who were born on August 30?

  • 1923
    Vic Seixas, American tennis player
  • 1930
    Noel Harford, New Zealand cricketer (d. 1981)
  • 1964
    Gavin Fisher, British engineer
  • 1975
    Radhi Jaïdi, Tunisian footballer
  • 1978
    Sinead Kerr, Irish figure skater

Who died on August 30?

  • 1928
    Wilhelm Wien, German physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1864)
  • 1968
    William Talman, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 2006
    Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1911)
  • 2006
    Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)
  • 2010
    Alain Corneau, French filmmaker (b. 1943)

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